Tag Archives: California

Notes on “Lifeguard”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The 1976 “Lifeguard” plays like a major-studio version of a CIP quickie. Its pleasures are CIP pleasures: unthought-out scenes of everyday people doing everyday things set against a backdrop that’s the more titillating for its relatability, … Continue reading

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The Dream Without a Meaning

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Time began to tick again, in fits and starts. Pain glowed in my mind like lightning in a cloud, expanding and contracting with my heartbeat. I lay on my back on a hard surface. Somewhere above … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Al Sharpton, shakedown artist? Should female tennis players really be paid the same amount as male tennis players? A great post by Peter Frost about how globalism and antiracism prevent people from accepting the realities of evolution. I’d add … Continue reading

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Blowhard, Esq. writes: Megan McArdle counters the lefty Hobby Lobby hysteria. Julian Sanchez reads the decision and discovers a paragraph that takes the wind out of the “war on women” narrative. Reason magazine notes the only three politicians on record in … Continue reading

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Retro Pleasures: A Shave and a Haircut

Paleo Retiree writes: Thank god the era of the men’s hair stylist is over. Hair stylists, eh? Fussiness, “styling products,” girly smells … It seemed like part of the worldwide conspiracy to make men as vain, as vapid and as anxiety-ridden … Continue reading

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It’s 75 Degrees and the Jacarandas are in Bloom

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A scene today from my neck of the woods. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Architecture Du Jour: The Ventura Inn

Paleo Retiree writes: In the middle of Ventura, CA’s funky and not at all mall-like Historic Downtown Cultural District is this hardboiled-novel-worthy beauty. Fun tilework, dreamy colors, an excellent job of bringing the building right up to the sidewalk, as well … Continue reading

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Porches of Carpinteria

Paleo Retiree writes: Kicking around the town of Carpinteria, CA for a few days recently left me marveling at an architectural wonder too often taken for granted: the American porch. Carpinteria (or, as everyone calls it, “Carp”) is an idyllic … Continue reading

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Creepshots Or Not: Isla Vista

Paleo Retiree writes: As an artsbuff and an enthusiastic snapshooter, I was fascinated by the debate that kicked up a while back about “creepshots.” (Gawker and Jezebel attack; Reddit bans a few sub-Reddits.) Briefly: young women protested that photographers shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Surf Music

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